Master of Architecture (3-Year Program)

College of Architecture, Design & Construction Management

Full Time
Graduate Program
Masters Programs
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Program Description

Make your architectural plans a reality

The Three-Year Master of Architecture (MArch) program provides a graduate-level course of study for students who have successfully completed a four-year Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in a discipline other than Architecture. Through this program, you will contribute to ongoing architectural discourses by cultivating your unique vision through intentional inquiry and making.

Coursework is designed to expose students to a wide range of professional avocations in the field of architecture. With an emphasis on developing your critical thinking skills and design expertise in the design studio sequence, studio projects will address tectonic, social and environmental themes at multiple scales. Through hands-on, experiential learning, you will learn to synthesize present-day critical themes of inquiry and discovery, emerging as a forward-thinking design professional.

The three-year program is structured as follows:

  • First-year coursework includes Graduate Foundations Studios complemented with History, Theory and Technology courses.
  • Students advance to Graduate Design Studios in the second year; their research in courses and studios inform one another, ensuring the development of fundamental skill and knowledge sets.
  • Third-year coursework focuses on the development of advanced, research-based inquiry through the Special Topics Travel Studios in the fall and Thesis Studio investigations in the spring. The fall studios are supported with a seminar on research methods and a Thesis Preparatory Course.

Learn more about our Department of Architecture.


  • Application Requirements

    Candidates who have earned a four-year undergraduate degree in a discipline other than architecture are eligible to apply. The MArch program is structured as a three-year sequence of study for external candidates without previous degrees in architecture. 

    To apply to the three-year program, candidates must complete the online application and submit the following materials:

    • Statement of Objectives. Answer each of the three following questions listed below:
      1.    If you were given complete freedom to investigate an architectural question, what would it be and how would you start? (300 words)
      2.    Describe an object or environment that you have made, repaired, built or created. (300 words)
      3.    Name a place (real or imagined) where architecture matters, and describe it. (300 words)
      The statement must be submitted as an electronic file with the application. 
    • Resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Recommendation Letters. With your application, you should submit the names and titles for two people who are providing you with letters of recommendation.
    • Official Transcript(s). All external applicants must submit an official transcript from all institutions (including Wentworth, if applicable) attended after high school graduation. The transcript(s) must be in a sealed envelope from the registrar’s office; loose or opened transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts from non-English based programs should be accompanied by official English translations.
    • Application Fee. A non-refundable $50 fee is required.
    • Design Portfolio. Portfolios should contain work that demonstrates your proficiency in architecture and reflects the full range of your creative, research and technical skills. The portfolio should be submitted as an electronic pdf file no larger than 20MB. See the Portfolio Recommendations section below.
    • Proof of English Proficiency (for non-native English speakers). Please review Wentworth's English proficiency requirements. International applicants will also be required to submit proof of financial support.

    All materials should be submitted electronically; recommendation letters may be submitted either electronically or by mail to:

    Admissions Office
    Wentworth Institute of Technology
    Attn: Graduate Architecture
    550 Huntington Ave.
    Boston, MA 02115

  • Portfolio Recommendations

    The following recommendations are designed to help you produce a strong architectural portfolio:

    • Format. Applicants should submit an electronic copy of their portfolio. Portfolios may be uploaded to the application or emailed to with the subject line “MARC Application Portfolio”. The body of the email should include the applicant’s full name and address. Electronic portfolios should be pdf files and must not exceed 20MB.
    • Content. Emphasis should be placed on your four to five best and most creative projects. Creative and professional work may be included if it helps illustrate your abilities to perform successfully as a graduate student. Preference should be given to your original design work. Show a range of your work: sketches, images, photography, sculpture, writing samples or any works that convey your artistic sensibilities.
    • Organization. Portfolios should be well organized with a brief introductory text for each project. Each project should be clearly labeled.
    • Simplicity. The goal of the portfolio is to legibly display the quality of your design and creative work. Focus your efforts on making the clearest presentation with simple elegant layouts of imagery and brief, informative texts. Use straightforward typefaces (avoid all-caps body texts and force-justification to ease legibility).
    • Quality. Make an effort to document your work carefully so that photographs, digital prints, and scans of your work are of high quality when printed. The committee expects a professional presentation.

Program Curriculum


    Fall Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH7000, Grad Found. Studio 01
    • ARCH7250, Grad History Lect.
    • ARCH7300, Technology 01
    • ARCH7350, 2D/3D Media Processes OR
    • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies

    Spring Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH7500, Grad Found Studio 02
    • ARCH7550, History/Theory Seminar
    • ARCH7600, Technology 02
    • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

    Fall Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH8000, Adv. Graduate Studio 01
    • ARCH8250, Adv. Tech. & Materials
    • ARCH8300, App. Res. & Des. 01
    • ARCH8400, Structures 01 OR
    • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

    Spring Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH8500, Adv. Graduate Studio 02
    • ARCH8650, Fabrication Methods
    • ARCH8700, App. Res & Des. 02
    • ARCH8750, Concentration Studies OR
    • ARCH8800, Structures 02 OR
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

    Fall Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH9000, Studio 09: Special Topics
    • ARCH9200, Thesis Preparation I
    • ARCH9300, Thesis Preparation II
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

    Spring Semester (total credits 18)

    • ARCH9500, Studio 10: Thesis
    • ARCH9600, Professional Perspectives
    • ARCH9700, Advanced Topics
    • ELECTIVE, Architecture

Program Tracking Sheet

Architecture in the World

Earnings in 2015:

Architects with MS degrees on average brought home more than 46K per year.

Top 5 Job Titles for Architects with MS degrees:

  • Architectural Designer
  • Designer
  • Junior Architect
  • Project Manager
  • Junior Designer

Additional Questions

If you have any further questions about the three-year program, please contact:

Kelly Hutzell
Director of the Graduate Program
Phone: (617) 989-4494